WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH PLANS FOR A NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINIC IN MONTEREY COUNTY…DEL REY OAKS IS MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS FOR A NEW DISPENSARY LOCATED ON CANYON DEL REY NEAR THE SAFEWAY STORE. A LOCAL BUSINESS WOMAN IS SPEARHEADING THE EFFORT. THIS IS THE NEW FACE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MONTEREY COUNTY…. PEBBLE BEACH BUSINESS WOMAN VALENTIA PICCINNI HAS SUFFERED WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES…SIX YEARS AGO…WITH HER HEALTH DETERIORATING AND IN PAIN…SHE DISCOVERED MEDICAL MARIJUANA I know the relief that I receive and it goes back to the compassionate care act of 1996, that we were promised safe access, compassionate relief and we don’t have it on this peninsula NOW SHE IS DETERMINED TO CHANGE THAT…GOING BEFORE THE DEL REY OAKS CITY COUNCIL TODAY PROPOSING TO BUILD A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY IN THEIR TOWN. MOST HERE WERE OPEN TO THE IDEA…THERE WERE SOME ARGUING AGAINST…THEY WEREN’T AGAINST MEDICINAL POT….THEY JUST DIDN’T A WANT A CLINIC IN THEIR TOWN.. I think Monterey is a good place for a dispensary. it’s a larger city. del rey oaks is a residential area. iN THE END, THE CITY COUNCIL DECIDED TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THE IDEA…ON A VOTE OF 4-1 THEY SENT IS ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR FURTHER REVIEW. PICCININI’S LAWYER SAYS DEL REY OAKS IS AHEAD OF THE CURVE i’ve spoken with politicians in our state…there is a freight train of commerce coming at us and we can lay down tracks or get hit upside the head my goal right now is to get regulations in place, the municipalities operating so they can have some control over what is about to happen. FOR PICCINNI….THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THIS PROJECT…SAYS HER MOTIVATION IS SIMPLE…ACCESS TO CARE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK AND SUFFERING i think its ridiculous that we don’t have a dispensary. I have to drive to santa cruz. Im on the board of ms and parkisons’ disease and these women are in wheelchairs an they have to take a rides bus to get their medicine ### IF PICCININI GETS HER WAYS THAT WILL CHANGE…HER LAWYER SAYS BEST CASE SCENARIO …Their MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINIC COULD BE OPEN IN 120 DAYS. NEW AT 11: RATE HIKES FOR 94-THOUSAND
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